Habit Tracker App Helps Caregivers Get Organized

For caregivers who lead hectic lives, setting and achieving goals can be much easier said than done. When you're busy working with senior clients, sometimes on a changing schedule, you can have every intention of making a change in your personal life, but then not lay out the steps to get where you want to be. Whether this pertains to exercise, healthy eating habits or even just taking some time for stress relief every week, the Today app gives caregivers a tool to easily track their habits. 

When caregivers first open the app, they don't need to create an account to use it. It takes them to a screen with an optional tutorial of the app, and it instructs them to click the plus sign to get started. Caregivers first need to name their habit. It can be a phrase, such as "Go to the gym." 

The next screen displays options for when users would like to complete this activity. The options include a frequency, such as daily, monthly or weekly, and an option for which specific days of the week they'd like to do that activity.  If you choose weekly or monthly, they can designate how many times each week or month, too. There's also a place for caregivers to decide if they'd like to be able to check in as doing that activity multiple times a day.

Then the app gives caregivers the option to set up reminders to complete their tasks. It will only display on the days the user has a task to complete at the time they select. Then they need to designate the start date for their task. It can be the day they're setting it up, or any date they choose in the future. Then the final step to set-up for a new habit is to pick a "cover" for the habit. There are a lot of different photos for caregivers to choose from. 

The home screen for that goal will display the cover photo with the goal summary, and if users click the progress circle in the upper right corner, they can "check in" to track their activity. If they scroll down, they can see a calendar with how frequently they've completed the activity to track their progress. Here, caregivers can also see a summary of their current streak and longest streak for completing the activities. 

The Today app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

- Paige Krzysko

Caregivers Clean Up Inbox Using Email Organizing App

Over time it's easy to become sick of the barrage of emails cluttering up your inbox, and needing to unsubscribe from a new list every time you buy something off the internet. Sometimes, you might be on the mailing list for companies like Caregiverlist whose e-mails you care about, but don't want to read individually. The Unroll.me app takes the work out of checking emails by allowing caregivers to unsubscribe from unwanted lists and organize their inboxes to get pertinent information in one daily digest. 

When users first open the app, it asks them to log in using their e-mail provider for the account they'd like to manage. Once the app has access to your account, it shows a small tutorial for how to categorize e-mails. Swiping left will unsubscribe you from that particular list, swiping up puts that e-mail into your Daily Digest, and swiping right keeps your subscription as-is. 

Then the app pops up with a notification letting caregivers know how many lists they're subscribed to. The number may surprise you, as it could easily be over 100 subscriptions. Then the app proceeds to pull up individual previews of each unread email in your inbox. This gives caregivers the ability to categorize each one as they go through. 

Caregivers may want to keep any e-mail subscriptions from the industry and roll them up into their daily digest, but unsubscribe from the mailing list of online retailers who they only made a one-time purchase from. However, for personal email addresses or those of your employer, family of senior clients, etc., you may want to maintain individual communication so you never miss an important message. If you roll these into your daily digest, it could mean you won't see a request immediately. 

Once caregivers finish sorting through all of their emails, they can go to the upper right corner and click on the newsletter icon to be taken to their daily digest. The digest won't appear on the first day after users initially sort their emails, but moving forward users can see the daily digest here. Also, users have the option as time passes to go back and look at their daily digests from previous days. 

The Unroll.me app is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

Organize and Prioritize To Do Lists and Tasks In One App

Caregivers have a lot to balance between caring for their senior client and taking care of their personal lives. Particularly for caregivers who work with multiple senior clients, remembering and prioritizing every task can be difficult. The Centrallo app offers an organizational tool for important e-mails, to do lists, notes, etc. 

When users first launch the Centrallo app, it takes a minute to tap around and figure out all the different categories and how all the information is stored within. The first area within the app works as an inbox for important e-mails and information. When a user thinks of something they'll need to remember later on the go, they can create a new inbox note for later viewing. Every note and list item within the app offers the ability to attach a picture, an outside file or even a voice memo. Unlike other organizational apps, this feature allows users to store all pertinent information and files in one to do note and prioritize it for later use. For senior caregivers in particular, this app gives the ability to store an important document needed for a doctor's visit electronically or snap a photo while out and about to later share with a senior client's loved ones.

The other main area of the app consists of lists for users to create and use for themselves or share with others. Senior caregivers could again use this feature to share a to do list with loved ones of a senior client to note that they picked up a prescription but you're taking the client to a doctor's appointment, etc. The list area is slightly counterintuitive in that items cannot be marked as completed by tapping on the circle to the left of each item, but instead by swiping left on the line and selecting the check mark that appears. Once an items has been completed, it stays on the list screen but appears with a strike out line through it. 

Inbox items and list items appear on the priority screen when a user selects the star icon on the individual item. They also appear highlighted in read on the list screen for quick self organization when deciding which task to complete. Overall, the Centrallo app provides an organized way for caregivers to keep track of to do lists, important emails and upcoming appointments. 

The Centrallo app is available for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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